F1: John Surtees, Figlio Del Vento, RIP

The family of John Surtees has announced his death in a London hospital earlier today. Surtees was a multiple World Champion on two wheels and when he captured the 1964 Formula One Driver's Championship whilst driving for Ferrari, he completed a unique double.

The World Championships weren't Surtees only achievements though, he was an accomplished sports car racer too, clocking a podium finish at Le Mans and starting his own team after retiring from the sport.

Surtees received the MBE and OBE, and as recently as last year the CBE for services to motorsport.

Surtees successes as a team leader weren't as impressive as his driving, Mike Hailwood won the 1972 European Formula Two championship and Tony Trimmer won the 1977 British F1 title in a Surtees TS19.

In recent years Surtees led the British A1 Series entry and supported the career of his late son Henry.

Surtees death makes him only the fourth F1 World Champion to die of natural causes, after Hunt, Fangio and Hulme.

 

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